Through a program of the Hive NYC Learning Network, cultural institutions are working with teens to create authentic learning experiences that use the same technology that 21st century kids use in their everyday lives for exploration, play, and communication.
Hollis Headrick, Program Consultant, Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust, believes that “the notion that underlies the pedagogy of digital learning comes from the idea of young people learning anytime anywhere through digital media of all kinds.” Making videos, uploading them to YouTube; creating a recording studio, making and recording music and putting it on the cloud; creating a twitter feed about a social action they’re involved in, then creating a video about it; combining visual images with text and uploading a project to a website they have developed are some examples of projects cultural organizations and teens are engaged in.
“Kids are on their phones, laptops, tablets, sharing info, learning from each other all the time. What the program does is structure the learning with different types of programs offered by a variety of different organizations, with youth creating content at the core,” says Headrick.
Using digital media to impact teen engagement and learning is the theme of the Roundtable’s March 24 event at Lincoln Center Theater. Headrick will moderate a panel of Hive stakeholders, including a representative from a current Hive participating organization, CityLore, a NYC Arts in Education Roundtable.
Panelists include Hollis Headrick, who will moderate the panel; Leah Gilliam, Director, Hive NYC and Mozilla Foundation; Marc Lesser, MOUSE program director, web literacy project and Emoti-Con design challenge event; and Tal Bar Zemer, City Lore – project director for Kick-Flip skateboard project.
The event is on Monday, March 24, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Lincoln Center Theater, Mailman Rehearsal Room, upstairs on LCT3 level, 150 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam.